January can sometimes feel like it arrives with more of a fizzle than a bang and the last stretch of winter is a slog. If you’re looking for some get-up-and-go, or just need something to take your mind off the dreary weather, why not do something to support CALM?
Since the first lockdown, our helpline has answered over a million minutes of potentially life-saving calls and chats. We’re needed now more than ever. So it doesn’t matter if your challenge is big or small, or whether you raise five or five hundred pounds, #TeamCALM’s dedication and passion makes it possible to answer those calls.
Don’t worry, we won’t make you give up something you love, or run a million miles – there are loads of ways you can support us (even from your sofa). Whether you take on an epic challenge, volunteer at our epic events, or just shout about us to your mates, here’s some ways you can get involved.
Stick it to Winter
We love those big meaty challenges – the marathons, triathlons and swimathons, but we’re just as keen for the off-the-wall ones. Shave your head, wear a false nose for a week, or see how many hot dogs you can eat in a minute, whatever you do, do it for CALM.
We want to hear how you’re planning to #StickItToWinter, so share what you’re up to on social media and get involved. Find out more on how to get involved here.
Take on a challenge for CALM
Fancy a challenge, or want to remember a loved one? Whether you run or cycle, skydive or score goals, there are heaps of ways to get involved and loads of inspiration on stuff you can do here. Pull on a CALM tee and run beachside in the Brighton Marathon, sign up to a 5k or take part in the Superhero Series. Keep your eyes on this page for upcoming events and we’ll be there to cheer you on from the sidelines.
If you’re feeling sociable or want an excuse to meet new faces, the CALM collectives are a top way to get stuck into a community of enthusiastic supporters. Whether you’re into running, football, art, or want to roll up your sleeves and start your own – collectives are a great way to do something against living miserably.
Shout about what we do
Got a mate who’s having a hard time? Tell ‘em about CALM. Our website is full of useful stuff for your head, from CALM guides to our life-saving services where you can find ways to move forward with whatever’s on your mind.
Share a campaign, deep dive into some of our content on mental wellbeing, or just ping your friend a Whatsapp to let them know you’re there. Whatever you do, let someone know you want them to stay.
Throw an event against living miserably
Don’t want to take on a challenge? You can do anything against living miserably. From pub quizzes to bake sales – the possibilities are endless when it comes to supporting CALM and our life-saving services. If you’re stuck, take a look at some ideas here.
Keep up to date with what we’re up to
The CALM newsletter is packed full of news, interviews, campaigns and loads of other good stuff, including ideas for getting involved. AND it’s scientifically* proven to improve your day
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Drop a donation
The fastest way to support us is by donating – £8 is enough to fund one potentially life-saving call. Donating to CALM is a simple way to take a stand against suicide and you don’t even have to lift a finger.
We couldn’t do what we do without you. Our supporters have helped us to continue to be there for anyone who needs us, no matter what.
Need support? Worried about someone? CALM’s helpline and webchat are open daily 5pm-midnight. Get access here.
Be part of something bigger
At CALM we’re all about standing together against suicide – and we all have a part to play. Hit this link and we’ll send you a newsletter every month so you can campaign, game, fundraise, bake, race, volunteer, cheer or chat over a couple of beers… against living miserably.
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